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Bert Huang

Bert Huang is a legal scholar who merges empirical methods with legal analysis in the study of federal courts and civil procedure. At Columbia Law School, he launched the Colloquium on Courts and the Legal Process workshop series, which brings judges and academics together to discuss new research on courts and the judiciary. He also serves as vice dean for intellectual life.

His judicial expertise has been sought out by Brazil’s constitutional high court, the Supremo Tribunal Federal; the Ministry of Justice; and the Council of Grand Justices, the constitutional high court of Taiwan.

Before Huang joined the faculty, he clerked for Justice David Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States and for Chief Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Previously, he spent two years as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University and one year as a staff economist in President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors.

To those of us who are immersed in law and policy, it may seem obvious that laws aren’t just there to tell people what to do—sometimes the law also aspires to shape what people think is morally right.